Israeli minister likens Jewish intermarriage to 'Holocaust'

Israel's new education minister has likened intermarriage among North American Jews to the Holocaust in a recent Cabinet meeting

JERUSALEM -- Israel's new education minister has likened intermarriage among North American Jews to the Holocaust in a recent Cabinet meeting.

A spokesman for Education Minister Rafi Peretz confirmed Tuesday that Peretz said that "assimilation is like the Holocaust" in a July 1 session.

Peretz is leader of a religious nationalist political party and former chief rabbi of the Israeli military.

Much of the American Jewish community abides by more liberal streams of Judaism, whereas Orthodoxy prevails among Israeli Jews.